GCSE results | Homeschooler's Perspective.


"If you try to fail and succeed, which have you done?". You've probably heard this common saying before and puzzled over it. It is a confusing one and takes time to think about.
The problem of this riddle is that we are missing a key part to understanding it; what actually is success and failure?
In our current world and society we easily label certain things as success. Success, to me, is such an individual part of life, yet there are so many things pointing us to where success is placed in our modern society. I could say so much more on this subject but for now I want to talk about education.
Education is the centre base for most ideas of success. Tests give us a letter (or number now) to show where we have been placed on the scale, a scale that works but it is confusing as you don't just pass, but have a measurement of "how much" you've passed. This is where success creeps in, because we aren't just satisfied with passing anymore, we want more. Success changes from simple satisfaction to wanting the superlative. In general, this is making our generation less confident.
Last week it was GCSE results day. The main part of GCSEs is to see whether you failed or succeeded, which is where my first point comes in. Most of my homeschool life has led up to GCSEs and it is a massive achievement to have made it to this point. Going into results day as a homeschooler was a very new experience, I had a different outlook on the day to most of my peers. My main ambition was, of course, to pass. I wasn't so bothered about the letters I got as long as I knew that my hard work had paid off. These past few months I had told myself that passing is all I needed to move on to the next step. I believe that if you work as hard as you can then you will get the right results and those results will be what you deserve. I honestly think that I did my very best last year and I was happy with that. The main point of homeschooling is that you don't get the bad package that comes with school, such as the intense pressure. As I said, the grade system can make us stressed because of how it is set up. I decided that I wouldn't feel this pressure because after all, if I knew I did my very best and get to do what I want to later on, does it matter? A few numbers and letter do not define you.

It was quite nerve-racking going back to the school. It felt like years ago since I had sat in the exam hall, heart pounding, palms sweating and brain ticking. The time had gone so quickly yet so slowly; with all the fun I had been having in summer, I almost forgot about results day! After collecting them and getting back in the car, I carefully placed the brown envelope on the seat next to me, for a few seconds I stared at it, as if expecting it to open itself.
I decided not to open my results until I got home which ended up been about 2:00 in the afternoon. That looming brown package haunted me all day, but almost in a good way. Updates were quickly flooding my social media from friends receiving results, making me all the more eager to join them in their excitement, but I enjoyed the anticipation of waiting until I was sat down on my familiar, old sofa. When it finally came round to it I opened the envelope so quickly, my brain responded a little slower than my eyes. I didn't hesitate to open it as I had made a promise to myself not to, and as a close friend said to me; "you can't change what is already in there". The results on that paper really surprised me, being at home, I never got to get any real predicted grades so anything would have probably been a surprise. As I said, I tried to not let the grading system bother me but that didn't mean I wasn't happy when I got good grades.
I passed all my subjects and am so delighted that I got the grades I need and am happy with. Especially as I wasn't very committed to some subjects until quite recently. Only last year had I decided to start doing English after a long hiatus and basically taught myself, I managed to get a really astonishing result.
My main aim of writing this post is to show that homeschooling works and that it doesn't matter how you do things, as doing things the way I did ended up pretty amazing.
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What do you think of the current school system and how does it effect you? Let me know down in the comment section.

Abby x.

12 comments

  1. I did read this post when it went up but forgot to comment so sorry! I really enjoyed this post so glad your happy with your results! Xx

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    1. Thank you Eden, don't worry about it. Glad you liked it 😘

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  2. I got my GCSE results too, and I was happy with mine too. The numbers system definitely makes me feel more nervous.
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

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    1. That's great to hear. Yeah, I can see that it would be more nerve-racking.

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  3. I'm so glad that you got all of the grades you needed! I've always wondered how GCSEs and exams worked when you're home schooled but your blog always clears things up for me! I'm pretty worried for all of the numbers in mine! xx

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    1. Aw, thank you El. I'm glad you learn things about home school through reading my blog as that is what I made it for. It must be much harder and confusing with the new system, I hope it goes well for you x

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  4. I think the new system will effect my sister more than e, but it's great that I can help her along the way! I was super happy with my own results, I'm glad you got the ones you wanted too.

    Sophie xx // One Unique

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    1. I understand that as a lot of my friends who are younger than me are stressed about the system. So glad you got the results you wanted too. x

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  5. I am so glad you got the grades you needed! I did my GCSE's a few years a go now, and I have no idea about all of the numbering stuff xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. Yes, it is quite confusing, I'm glad I didn't have to do it!

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  6. I teach English as a foreign language in Spain at a private language school so I find this post really interesting. Many students obsess a lot about the results rather than what they've learnt, so your attitude is just perfect!
    Congrats on the results!
    I'd love it if you visited my latest post and helped me choose a handbag:
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    Ingrid

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    1. So glad you enjoyed reading and saw my point of view, of course!

      Abby x

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